Men's Basketball ACCtion: Saturday, February 25

Duke Holds Off Virginia Tech in Overtime, 70-65

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DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke (No. 4 ESPN/USA Today, No. 5 AP) could have done the easy thing and given in to those ready-made excuses. The Blue Devils chose a more challenging option: They forgot about their fatigue and made enough plays to remain in control of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Austin Rivers scored 23 points, Seth Curry added 19 and the Blue Devils held off Virginia Tech 70-65 in overtime Saturday.

Miles Plumlee added 15 rebounds and two free throws with 9.6 seconds left for the Blue Devils (25-4, 12-2).

Demon Deacons Bury Eagles, 85-56

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest got big games from C.J. Harris and Travis McKie, rolling to its biggest win in the Jeff Bzdelik era with an 85-56 victory against ACC rival Boston College on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum.

Harris poured in 23 on an efficient 10 of 16 shooting and McKie added 21 points to go with six rebounds as Wake Forest beat BC for the fifth time in its past seven meetings and earned a season sweep of the Eagles.

Sophomore center Carson Desrosiers also chipped in with 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds, tying a career-high in scoring and hitting a career best three three-pointers on just four attempts. Senior Ty Walker finished the afternoon with two blocks, leaving the seven-foot center just one denial short of Josh Howard (143 career blocks) for fifth on the school's all-time list.

Young Threes in Overtime Rally Tigers Past NC State

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CLEMSON, SC -- Bernard Sullivan was not going to have any of it. Despite Andre Young's pleas not to be carried off the court, the 6-foot-7, 225-pound Sullivan did it anyway, throwing the much smaller Young over his shoulder and carrying him off the court.

It was a moment Clemson's senior guard deserved, despite his uneasiness. He made one three-pointer to tie the game as overtime was winding down, and a second one with 11.8 seconds left to lift the Tigers to a 72-69 victory over NC State in front of a packed house at Littlejohn Coliseum.

Clemson improves to 15-13 overall with the win, including 7-7 in the ACC. NC State falls to 18-11 and is 7-7 in the ACC. The Tigers can still finish fourth in the conference standings, and possibly earn a first-round tournament bye, should the Tigers win out and Virginia loses its remaining games. However, Clemson did secure no worse than a No. 8 seed in the ACC Tournament with Saturday's victory.

No. 7 Tar Heels Rally Past No. 25 Virginia, 54-51

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Tyler Zeller scored 20 points, including a critical dunk with 13.3 seconds left and the shot clock winding down, and No. 7 North Carolina beat No. 25 Virginia 54-51 on Saturday to sweep the season series.

John Henson added 15 points, including 11 in the second half, as the Tar Heels (25-4, 12-2) kept pace with No. 5 Duke for first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Blue Devils beat Virginia Tech 70-65 in overtime Saturday.

Jontel Evans had 13 points and Joe Harris added 12 for Virginia (21-7, 8-6), which played much of the game with leading scorer and ACC player of the year candidate Mike Scott in foul trouble. Scott scored just six points, more than 11 below his average, and missed 10 of 13 shots.

Georgia Tech Pushes Past Maryland, 63-61

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ATLANTA (AP) - Sophomore Kammeon Holsey recorded his first double-double of his career with 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Georgia Tech used stifling defense in the second half to beat Maryland 63-61 on Saturday.

The win was just the second in the past 13 games for the Yellow Jackets (10-18, 3-11 Atlantic Coast Conference), who snapped a four-game losing streak. Offensively, Georgia Tech had a balance performance with six players who scored at least seven points.

The Terrapins (16-8, 6-8) led 37-31 at halftime, but missed 20 of their first 22 shots after halftime. The Yellow Jackets went on a 22-9 run to lead 53-46 on a pair of Holsey free throws with 7:02 left.